Doctrine and Covenants 57:2-5; “Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion. 3 And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse. 4 Wherefore, it is wisdom that the land should be purchased by the saints.. Behold, this is wisdom, that they may obtain it for an everlasting inheritance.”
Zechariah 14:3-4; “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 ¶ And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”
Kirk and I just returned from a four day camping trip which was over the top awesome! It’s nice to get away and see some of what our Lord has created. Mountains awash with bright purple flowers, rivers, and gorgeous sunsets filled the scenery on our short, albeit memorable trip to the most northeastern part of Washington. Republic, Washington is a quiet, noise-free environment, and I’m convinced they have a bigger deer population than people of roughly 1,000 residents. It’s one of those iconic summertime moments people always look forward to enjoying.
While summer months are filled with tourists visiting their favorite go-to sites around the US, Mormons are no different than the rest of America in that regard. One of the well visited scenes in Mormon history is their ‘Land of Promise’, aka, Independence, Missouri. People flock to the Church’s original stomping grounds to be reminded of what their predecessors lived through, to bring about what we know as Mormonism today.
As they go about their holiday plans, we’re praying they’ll be taking their Mormon history books along for the ride! Independence, Missouri served as the backdrop for several false prophecies uttered by their beloved founder, Joseph Smith. We’re praying that as they see the sites, and read their own historical accounts of what took place, it’d prompt them to question why the Church’s Head Quarters aren’t there instead of Salt Lake City and if God really did speak to him.
The reason why Independence, MO is such a big deal is because on July 20, 1831, Smith told people it was the place where Jesus will return despite what the Bible says in Zechariah.
As of June 6, 2017, there’s still no temple in Independence, MO. Furthermore, if they were to be there for an everlasting inheritance why aren’t they still there?
The Church does have some property there, but only with a visitor’s center, and a plaque in the ground resembling a grave marker.
This false prophecy was only the 37th of the 120 false prophecies we’ve listed and that you can read at 120+ False Prophecies of Joseph Smith.